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Author Name    Zwinger, Ann

Title   JOHN XANTUS. The Fort Tejon Letters 1857-1859

Binding   Hardcover

Book Condition   Fine

Jacket Condition   Fine

Edition   First Edition

Publisher   Tucson, AZ University of Arizona Press 1986

ISBN Number    0816509417 / 9780816509416

Seller ID   901433

xxv+255pp. Illus. in text. John Xantus was a bit of a charlatan - he lied about his exploits, joined the U.S. Army under an assumed name and managed to alienate most of the people he met. Yet this Hungarian immigrant became one of the Smithsonian Institution's most successful collectors of natural history specimens in the mid 19th-century and is credited with the discovery of many new species in the American West. Working from Smithsonian archives the author has assembled Xantus' unpublished letters and her further discoveries shed additional light on the contradictions between his personal and professional lives. Bibliography and Index.

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Price = 12.00 GBP

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